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All the factz you need on Watford v Everton including what TV channel its on

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Today’s late kick-off in the Premier League sees Watford take on Everton at Vicarage Road. The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Everton came back from 0-2 down with 23 minutes left to win 3-2 earlier in the season, with a Leighton Baines penalty in the first minute of injury time winning it.
* The Toffees have a great record against Watford, losing just 2 of their last 24 meetings in all competitions.
* Watford have the second-worst defence in the division, conceding 47. Stoke have conceded 53.
* Everton are awful away from home – just 1 win in their last 21 in the PL.
* Watford are looking to win consecutive home matches for the first time this season.

All the factz you need on the February 24 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League

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There are five matches kicking off at 3pm in the Premier League today, with most of the clubs in the relegation fight playing and, given it is so close, today could have a big impact on the battle to stay in the division. Here are the factz you need to know:

AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United

* Bournemouth took the win at St James’ Park earlier in the season, thanks to a goal in the second minute of second-half injury time from Cook.
* Bournemouth have won their last 3 home matches and are unbeaten at the Vitality in 4.
* Newcastle have lost just 1 of their last 7, but have also only won 2 of those matches.
* The Cherries have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 PL matches.
* This is just the 6th league meeting between the sides. Of the previous 5, Bournemouth have won 3 and Newcastle have taken the other two.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Swansea City

* Glenn Murray scored the only goal when the sides met previously this season. The Seagulls have never done a double over the Swans.
* Brighton are unbeaten in 5 in all competitions.
* But Swansea are in even better form: unbeaten in 10 in all competitions.
* Brighton have made the Amex a fortress – just 3 defeats all season and they were to Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
* Swansea have scored just 9 times in 13 PL matches on the road this season.

Burnley v Southampton

* Burnley took a 0-1 away win over the Saints earlier in the season.
* Burnley haven’t won in 10 PL matches (5 defeats) – the current longest winless streak in the division.
* But Saints are barely doing better – just one win in 14.
* Don’t expect a goal-fest today: the sides have scored just 49 goals between them in 54 matches.
* Saints have taken 5 points from their last 3 away matches.

Liverpool v West Ham United

* Liverpool, erm, hammered the Hammers 1-4 at the London Stadium earlier in the season, with goals from Salah (2), Marip and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
* The Reds are unbeaten in the PL at Anfield this season, and 15 matches in all goon back to last April.
* West Ham are in decent form, having lost just 2 of their last 12 PL matches.
* Liverpool are the PL’s form team with 19 points won in their last 8 matches.
* West Ham managed their first clean sheet in 9 matches last time out when they held Watford at bay.

West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town

* Huddersfield won the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier in the season.
* West Brom have lost their last 4 games, and have won 1 of 13 since Alan Pardew took over.
* The Terriers aren’t good away from home – just 2 wins in 13 and 9 defeats, including their last 3.
* Only Swansea have scored fewer than Albion’s 21 goals this season. Huddersfield have scored just 23.
* Even if West Brom win, they will remain bottom, but only 4 points from safety. Huddersfield would move to 30 points with a win – potentially 4 points above the relegation zone.

All the factz you need on Leicester City v Stoke City including what TV channel it is on

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The first match in the Premier League this weekend is an East Midlands derby, as Leicester City take on Stoke City at the King Power Stadium. The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know: 

* The sides drew 2-2 at the Bet365 Stadium in November, with Stoke coming from behind twice.
* Stoke have the worst away record in the PL: 1 win and 3 draws in 13 matches.
* The Foxes have won just 2 of their last 10 matches.
* However, Jamie Vardy is in great form, having scored in each of his last 4 matches.
* Stoke have the leakiest defence (53 conceded) and worst goal difference (-26) in the PL.

Ryan Mason forced to quit football on medical advice

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Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has been forced to retire from football on medical advice at the age of just 26 following advice from a neurologist.

Mason suffered a fractured skull in a clash with Gary Cahill in Hull’s Premier League encounter with Chelsea back in January 2017 and has not played since.

Now it has been revealed in a statement by Hull City that Mason had consulted with “numerous world renowned neurologists and neurosurgeons who… all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised.”

Mason, who won one full England cap in 2015, started out at Tottenham Hotspur. He also had loan spells at Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient in France and Swindon, before signing for Hull in 2016 for a fee believed to be £13 million.

Mason has issued his own statement, saying: “I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch. Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.

“I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017.

“Thank you to my amazing fiancé, Rachel, who has been by my side and lived every single day with me since the injury, helping to give me the strength I’ve needed no matter how tough things got. We are so lucky to have now become the proud parents of our perfect baby boy George.

“To my Mum, Dad, sisters, and all of my family and close friends, thank you for everything. Despite how tough it’s been and the challenges I’ve faced along the way you’ve all been there supporting me and words will never truly do justice to how grateful I am for your love and support.

“I would like to thank everyone at Hull City, especially The Doc Mark Waller and all of the medical team for helping me to recover. Thank you to the Chairman and the board for being so patient with my recovery and sticking by me.

“There are too many names to mention when it comes to talking about Tottenham Hotspur but I would like to say a special thank you to John McDermott, the Gaffer and everybody at Spurs for helping me to achieve my dreams.

“I am so proud to have come through the ranks to play for my club, the club I love. To have had the honour of captaining the team fills me with immense pride. Thank you to all of my teammates over the years, there are too many to mention, it’s been a privilege to play alongside you all.

“Finally, representing my country is an honour that nobody can ever take away from me and something that I am so proud to have achieved.

“I’m retiring from the game with my head held high having done everything in my power over these past 13 months to have given myself every opportunity to return to the pitch.

“I feel content knowing that I dedicated my life to be able to play football at the highest level, hard work really does pay off!

“I love the game, I always will and I am excited to see where football will take me next.”

We wish him well for the future.

All the factz on Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion including what TV channel its on

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In the final match in this weekend’s round of Premier League games sees Chelsea host rock-bottom West Bromwich Albion. The match kicks off at 8pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need know:

* Chelsea thumped West Brom at the Hawthorns earlier this season 0-4, with goals from Morata, Hazard (2) and Alonso.
* West Brom haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 1978, when the late, great Cyrille Regis scored for them.
* West Brom have also won just 1 of their last 24 PL matches and just 3 all season.
* Chelsea have lost their last 2 by 3 goals – something that hasn’t happened since 1995.
* Chelsea have already lost more games this season – 6 – than they did in the whole of last season.